A SOLDIER was killed when he resisted arrest during a buy bust operation on Wednesday night in Digos City.
The fatality was identified as Sergeant Reginald Labajo, former intelligence officer of the 39th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army.
Philippine Army’s 39th Infantry Battalion commander Lt. Col. Geoffrey Carandang confirmed that the suspect was a member of the Bravo Company based in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.
Reports reaching Camp Crame showed that the soldier died due to multiple gunshot wounds after engaging members of the elite police force.
Carandang said the suspect was a former intelligence officer and was transferred to Bravo Company.
Recovered from the suspect were his firearm, and suspected shabu with estimated street value of more than P500,000.
Davao Sur police operatives had been monitoring Labajo's involvement in illegal drugs trade prior to Wednesday's sting operation.
Carandang said Labajo's involvement in illegal activity saddened him, adding that he will not tolerate use or trade of illegal drugs among his soldiers.
In fact, he said, random drug testing is regularly conducted on their troops.